What NOT To Do On Your Annual Summer Road Trip

Don’t forget to follow the signs!   (image)

Don’t forget to follow the signs!  (image)

Are you heading out onto the highways and byways for your annual summer road trip soon? If so, we hope you have a fantastic time. Still, if you want to beat travel stress, there are a few things you should definitely avoid doing. Aside from rewatching the Griswold’s Vacation films (the Chevy Chase oldies and the reboot) for a few tips on what NOT to do, you should also follow the advice presented to you in this article.


Here is our list of don’ts for your road trip.

Don’t head out in a banger of a car. You don’t want to run the risk of breaking down in the middle of nowhere, especially when there is no phone reception to call for help. Rent a car for the summer if your motor isn’t up to scratch, or consider used car finance to help you replace your scrap metal with something affordable. It’s better to be safe than sorry, after all.


Don’t forget the essentials before leaving. We are thinking first-aid kit, travel blankets, phone chargers, and bottles of water, as examples. These are the travel essentials that will keep you safe in the event of an emergency, so ensure you create a checklist of what you need before departure.


Don’t forget to budget for the trip. It can be easy to spend a fortune - hotel prices, fuel costs, toll fares, tickets for attractions - so use a cost calculator to help you get a handle on possible expenses. You should also try and make savings where possible. You don’t need to stay in five-star hotels, for example, and by loading up your car with drinks and snacks, you can also avoid paying for refreshments at the roadside diners you pass en route.


Don’t stay on the beaten path. The fun is in the journey, not the destination, so don’t be afraid to follow the roads less-traveled at times. While you will need your sat-nav or phone with navigation apps (you don’t want to get lost), there are advantages to exploring. You may find a place of scenic beauty or a rarely scene landmark, for example; those areas that are easily missed if you continually rely on the long stretches of the highway.


Don’t forget your phone charger. And if you are relying on your phone for navigation, you don’t want to find yourself stranded if your phone’s battery dies. Bring your phone’s travel charger to keep your phone alive. Exploring is great, but not when you have no idea of where to turn next - who knows what dangers await for the unwary traveler!


Don’t drive when you’re feeling tired. Accidents happen every year because of tired drivers, so remember to schedule plenty of rest stops to give yourself a break. If you are traveling with another driver, swap roles too, giving you a chance for some shut-eye while they take the wheel for awhile. After all, you don’t want to reenact this classic Clark Griswold misadventure - funny to watch, but not so funny when it’s you!

And we are sure there are plenty of other don’ts we could have mentioned, but you can let us know if there is anything we have missed. So, we hope you have a fantastic time on your road trip this summer, but DON’T forget to take note of the advice we gave you. Take care, and thanks for reading!